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John Jay College of Criminal Justice


OER Course Conversion Projects


             EDU 300-SK01

        Education for Change

                               OER for EDU 300


In this course, you will have the opportunity to closely examine what Nelson Mandela meant when he stated, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” You will engage in critical analysis of the ongoing struggles for access and equality in education and reflect on your own life experiences while developing the tools necessary to pursue justice in education.

Using the lens of education as a vehicle for social change, this course examines issues of education as “privilege” or “right” and the impact of opportunity programs such as SEEK which emerged from the struggle for social justice and access of the less privileged to higher education in the US.  Together we will critically reflect on the historical, philosophical, social, political and cultural forces that affected higher education’s evolution with respect to issues of justice, access and equality in the United States. We will research and analyze data on issues of inclusivity, exclusivity and inequality as it relates to educational access. You will have the opportunity to move from critical reflection to social action by contextualizing your own educational experiences and ambitions in the context of the struggle for justice in education.  

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain the social, political, economic, and cultural contexts of the struggles for justice in the United States through the lens of higher education history, access and opportunity.
  2. Analyze how struggles for justice in education have shaped U.S. society and culture, as well as students’ individual and collective educational experiences.
  3. Examine and critique the nuances of multiple perspectives on the same subject (i.e., the roots of inequality in higher education).
  4. Critically reflect on issues of education, justice, equality and opportunity in order to engage in social action.
  5. Use research and data analysis skills to establish a position and support it with evidence.